Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Composite Pedals: Rider Review

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Crank Brothers is one of the best when it comes to flat pedals. With tons of styles and color options, you are sure to find a set that perfectly matches your bike. Our customer George went with some Stamp 1 Composite pedals. Check out his review!

Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedal review


My bike came stock with some pretty decent aluminum pedals. I switched to flats because my now more capable bike was taking me down more treacherous terrain. While I found the stock pedals to be reliable, I didn’t always like the feeling of “rolling” off the edge of the pedal, and I felt like I’d be more confident with a larger platform. After all, pedals are one of the main contact points.

I did the research, watched the videos, and scoured the internet. And hesitated. 

  • Must haves: Larger platform for my size 12's, both width and length.
  • Composite: I’ve had enough pedal strikes to know that composite “bounces” off rocks instead of bringing me to a screeching halt.
  • Not convex: I tried a pair of convex pedals and they felt…weird.
  • Price point: As much as I’d love a set of T-macs (who wouldn’t) I also like feeding my kids regularly.

So after a bit of research and a generous gift certificate, I purchased the Large Crank Brothers Stamp 1 in blue.

Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals Rider Review

First Impressions

I threw on my shoes, mounted the pedals and spun around the block. I could already tell a difference. They look awesome on my bike. It’s tough to match the blue on my bike but these coordinate well. I thought it might be too much but I’m glad I went with it.

Larger platform makes a difference! Easier to find my foot position, and even if my feet get knocked off I don’t feel like I’m searching for the pedal. Even if I’m off a little, the larger platform gives some grace. I feel more confident and planted. Perfect for my size 12's. I feel more efficient. I think having more foot on the pedal I can plant and drive more than constantly trying to get the “sweet spot” on my smaller pedals.

They are very thin. Even though they are 10-15 mm bigger both directions than my old pedals, I don’t feel like they are sticking out so far I’ll keep bashing them. In fact I had a pedal strike just yesterday, it wasn’t nearly as jarring as it was on my old aluminum set.

Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals Rider Review

What I Don't Like

These are pretty flat pedals. If there’s a drawback to composite pedals, I don’t feel like the center spindle is as thin as aluminum ones, meaning it’s harder to get a concave shape without creating a thicker pedal at the edges, which are most prone to strikes. Fully screwed in the 10mm center screws barely clear the spindle. So until I really dig in while I’m pedaling, I don’t feel like the pedal sticks as much as I’d like. No slippage on climbs and when I drop my heels on a descent, but on flat sections if I don’t have a hard enough gear the pedal could get away and I have to reset.

I decided that the 10mm screws aren’t long enough, at least on the ends. My solution was to put 12mm screws on the leading edges to create a more concave shape. So far so good. Testing one pedal with the 12mm and one with stock 10mm pins I noticed the longer pins made the pedal significantly stickier without compromising foot movement when I need it. I did find out Crank Brothers doesn’t sell longer pins, but a trip to my local hardware store and I was able to get a set of 12mm m3 socket screws to test it out. I ordered enough online to do both pedals and have few extras. A pretty inexpensive upgrade, and one I think Crank Brothers could offer.

Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedal Rider Review

Final Thoughts

I love these pedals. They check all the boxes for me without breaking the bank. I get more than enough pedal from these for a great price and I think they’ll last a long time. I shopped long and hard and I’m not disappointed. If you have a larger foot and prefer composite pedals, give these a whirl. You may or may not prefer to have the longer pins like I do, but it’s a simple solution and easy upgrade to a solid pedal.

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August 09, 2020

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